Growing Up Gold
October 2015 by Amanda FitzhughIf you’re going to successfully detect nuggets you must not only know a little about finding gold and detecting, but you also need to know your own limits, have a dash of luck and a lot of persistence.
Setting up a gravity dredge
You keep all you find at Ganes, with weekly tallies kept for a loose competition that I find helps motivate me. I seriously try to find more nuggets than anyone else in a given week, and usually make it or close to it.
We panned out maybe three gold pans of the material and we were shocked at the gold that was there. This rock appeared to be rich.
With a little homework and a methodical approach to sampling, a prospector can determine if a deposit is worthy of more of an investment...
The mysteries of this spot were only just starting to develop. There is nothing but very bland granite-type rocks here, meaning no bold, favorable indicators.
This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.
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